It is something no one would ever choose. And yet seniors by the thousands end their days like my dad. I read recently that scientists in Britain had been able to stop brain degeneration in mice. It is a major breakthrough, though it will be years before we will know if there are applications for humans.
'm sure this has happened to you. You run into someone you know, but she isn't where you'd expect to see her. Your yoga instructor... at the dry cleaners. A member of your book club... at the local Starbucks. Your mental wheels start to spin. 'I know her,' you're thinking. 'But... who the hell is she?'
A few years ago, I hit the wall. After 34 years of what looked like a picture-perfect "Ozzie and Harriet" marriage, I ran into a stormy, turbulent and unexpected divorce. Game over. How in the world do I navigate now? I stuck Post-it notes all over the house with the words of my brilliant, wise gurus. I listened non-stop to CDs about happiness. Nothing was working.
Today with cell phones, texting, Skype and the relative ease of air travel (OK, I know the security lines are awful but I'm referring to all the flight options), living in different parts of the country than your grandchildren can work. But, if you want a few extra visits, you might want to consider being near certain locations as a bit of a draw.